Each week people in the church come up with some simple things to keep the congregation informed, to make them think, and to make them laugh. Here is this week's "Asbury Announcer!"
The Asbury Announcer
Remember these in your prayers: Joshua Lane is much better and is at home recovering from emergency appendix surgery. Frances Jenkins is very sick and is sometimes disoriented. Kate Russell has loss of balance and has constant pain in hips. Remember Kaye & Terry family in our prayers. Kaylee Morrison will have adenoids removed and tubes put in ears this
week. Also Keep in mind: Jane & Amon Haygood, Billy Morrison, Charles Harper, Sherry Cash, and Hazel Terry. And Please do not forget to pray for everyone overseas and in need.
Life Group # 1 Please meet at 5:45 P.M.
DON'T FORGET TO PICK UP YOUR NEW CHURCH DIRECTORY!!
Please stay after services today for fellowship meeting and food.
Dont forget Mens- Business meeting afterwards!
Men to Serve:
Special Thanks To: Jaime and the Youth group for repainting library in John
Deer Green & Yellow.
Also thanks for assembling the
New church directory.
Due to administrative changes we are temporarily disqualified to get food from Second Harvest. Our pantry is exhausted.
Please bring anything but corn to restock.
Websites of the week
Christian Books Suppliers
21st Century Christian, Nashville, Tennessee
Gospel Advocate, Nashville, Tennessee
Valentine's Day- From Charles Henderson,Your Guide to Christianity - General. (Summarized by Michael Marohn)
Perhaps the most powerful words about love in the Bible were written by the Apostle Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians, Chapter 13. "If I speak in the tongues of mortals and angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging, symbol. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body to be burned, but do not have love, I am nothing. ...."
This is the passage in the Bible selected most frequently for reading during wedding ceremonies; so much so that I sometimes wonder how much thought has gone into the selection. For when it comes to love, one size does not fit all. What applies to a suit of clothes also applies to love: what works for a 90 pound teenager does not work quite as well for a 390lb Sumo wrestler!
As indicated Paul was speaking not out of some abstract theory, but out of his own deep experience to a people who shared such experience and had suffered much for their faith. And Paul was saying that the particular love that has been seen in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus gave meaning to even the most difficult aspects of their lives.
In this spirit, he continues: "When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part, then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And so faith, hope and love abide, these three, but the greatest of these is love."
Among the things that we are challenged to put behind us are the sentimental sorts of "puppy love," the jingoistic "patriotic love," the fickle forms of "romantic love," and yes, the abusive and even violent forms of love that seek to control and dominate. We are challenged to love not humankind in general but specific people in specific ways: a parent with Alzheimer's, a child with learning disorders, a spouse struggling with an addiction, all sorts of people with chronic illnesses, problems, quirks of personality or character. We are not simply to love and affirm what the world finds lovable, we are to search for specific ways of loving God's dear ones, and encourage them along the way, even as they encourage us. Along that path lies the fulfillment of life, not only on Valentine's Day but every day.
Just For Fun-
People in Texas have trouble with all those shalls and shall nots in the 10 Commandments. Folks there just aren't used to talking in those terms. So, some folks out in west Texas got together and translated the "King James" into "King Ranch" language: Ten Commandments, cowboy style.
Cowboy's Ten Commandments posted on the wall at Cross Trails Church in Fairlie, Texas
(1) Just one God.
(2) Honor yer Ma & Pa.
(3) No telling tales or gossipin'.
(4) Git yourself to Sunday meeting.
(5) Put nothin' before God..
(6) No foolin' around with another fellow's gal.
(7) No killin'.
(8) Watch yer mouth.
(9) Don't take what ain't yers.
(10) Don't be hankerin' for yer buddy's stuff
Now that's kinda plain an' simple don't ya think?
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